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Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:34 AM

Reading Academy March Research

Add links here in the comments with links to websites that will help other students revise for sentence variety and strong vocabulary.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 9:38 AM

Writing Arguments for Group Research Debate Paper

Remember that Claims + Evidence = Argument, therefore when you are writing your argument part to the Group Research Debate paper, make sure that you state your claim and supporting evidence in paragraph form. You will need to use your skills of using transition/connecting words and summarization skills.

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Friday, October 31, 2014 10:56 AM

Learn Zillion on Author's Claims

Here is a good podcast that breaks down the thinking process to tracing and evaluating author's claims. We read the story about praire dogs in class.



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 11:07 AM

Direct Quotation Examples for 2012 End of the World Newspaper Activity

Also refer to the Power Point on Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Direct Quotations for more instruction on direct quotations.

Examples of how to properly cite a direct quotation in a text:


According to Sarah McCarry, "Governments and businesses spent billions upgrading their computer systems for Y2K."


'' Governments and businesses spent billions upgrading their computer systems for Y2K,'' said Sarah McCarry.


"Governments and businesses," said Sarah McCarry, "spent billions upgrading their computer systems for Y2K."

Posted By Hillary Vanoy at 11:07 AM
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Friday, September 19, 2014 10:16 AM

Text Talker Sentence Starters

Students must use phrases like these in order to focus in on the question and make sure they gave enough text evidence!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 11:19 AM

Learning Targets 3, 9, 10: Central Idea

Here is a link to a short video we watched in class to review prior knowledge on central idea. The difference between this year and year's past though, is that students will be asked to find TWO OR MORE central ideas instead of just one central idea.



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Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:10 PM

Grammar Bytes!

Check out the Grammar Bytes Videos on YouTube for further reinforcement on the skills we've been working on during our bellringer time.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:33 AM

Helping Verb Song

We've watched this several times in class and in case you couldn't find it on your own, here is a link to the "Helping Verb" song:



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Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:32 AM

Persuasive Writing Tips

Check out Persuasive Writing Tips from SMRT Writing YouTube Channel:


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Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:36 AM

Grammar Lesson 2: Simple Subjects

Students should be able to answer these questions:

Example Sentence:

The big red fire truck zoomed through the town.

1. Why is big red fire truck NOT the simple subject of this sentence?

2. What is the simple subject of this sentence?

BONUS: What is the simple predicate of this sentence?

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Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:39 AM

Author's Purpose

In class today, we discussed author's purpose and reviewed using our Ladders to Success workbooks.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:21 PM

Podcast Review for help with BIAS

Bias is a definition that I repeat frequently. It's newer content and students often get confused. We watched the following YouTube Podcast at the beginning of the unit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MOQo0j_k3c

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